Thanks to the generous investment of public entities, local companies and private citizens, we are launching an entrepreneurial hub called StartingBlock Madison that will make a long-lasting impact in Madison and Wisconsin.

The list of those backing this project is long and widespread, from the city of Madison, UW-Madison, the state of Wisconsin and the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce to Madison Gas and Electric, established entrepreneurs and forward-thinking individuals. They’re all collaborating to grow the innovative culture in the Madison region. Add Gebhardt Development, and you have a complex group of contributors who are supporting the community.

Specifically, thanks to UW-Madison Chancellor Becky Blank at Madison Chamber president Zach Brandon — both big believers and supporters.

The generosity shown from our community will give start-up companies an affordable space to develop their businesses, network, collaborate, learn and be mentored by established entrepreneurs. This work can grow our economy and boost Wisconsin’s reputation as a magnet for entrepreneurs.

Madison has all the pieces in place to be a world-class entrepreneurial city. Completing the funding for StartingBlock Madison is an important step forward. I look forward to the exciting things coming to the Madison region thanks to the contributions to StartingBlock.

The Wisconsin State-Journal published a version of this blog. You can read it here.